(Re)imagining the World

Children's literature's response to changing times

  • Yan Wu
  • Kerry Mallan
  • Roderick McGillis

Part of the New Frontiers of Educational Research book series (NFER)

About this book


(Re)Imagining the world: Children’s Literature’s Response to Changing Times considers

how writers of fiction for children imagine ‘the world’, not one universal world, but

different worlds: imaginary, strange, familiar, even monstrous worlds. The chapters

in this collection discuss how fiction for children engages with some of the changes

brought about by new technologies, information literacy, consumerism, migration,

politics, different family structures, cosmopolitanism, and new and old monsters. They also

invite us to think about how memory shapes our understanding of the past, and how

fiction engages our emotions, our capacity to empathize, our desire to discover,

and what the future may hold. The contributors bring different perspectives from

education, postcolonial studies, literary criticism, cultural studies, childhood studies,

postmodernism, and the social sciences. With a wide coverage of texts from different

countries, and scholarly and lively discussions, this collection is itself a testament to

the power of the human imagination and the significance of children’s literature in the

education of young people.



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Editors and affiliations

  • Yan Wu
    • 1
  • Kerry Mallan
    • 2
  • Roderick McGillis
    • 3
  1. 1., College of Education AdministrationBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina, People's Republic
  2. 2.Queensland University of TechnologyKelvin GroveAustralia
  3. 3.NakuspCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-36759-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-36760-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2195-3473
  • Series Online ISSN 2195-349X
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